Earlier this month, the Lucasfilm Story Group was formed to determine what is and what isn’t considered to be ‘Star Wars’ canon. Now, not that we really needed confirmation on this, but it looks like the rumored spinoff films from Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan will be included in this new and unified canon. However, in addition to this information, we have received some new reports that might shake up what we think we know about these origin stories.
In an interview with The Strait Times in Singapore, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy addressed the worry of some fans that these proposed standalone movies would affect the legacy of the original trilogy and it’s characters:
“George [Lucas] was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode Seven falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created…. There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it’s a roadmap that George made pretty clear.”
The biggest thing to take away from this report is that Kennedy appears to mention that the characters in the spinoffs will not appear in the new Saga episodes. Based on these comments, we might be able to rule out Han Solo since he’s rumored to be featured in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ alongside Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. As for Yoda and Boba Fett, both of them are dead already by the time the new trilogy starts, so they are still viable options for now since they wouldn’t be popping “in and out of the saga episodes”. Of course, this may be a misrepresentation of her words, but it’s still something to consider as rumors continue to emerge about these films.
What did you take Kathleen Kennedy’s words about the ‘Star Wars’ spinoffs to mean? Do you think that a Han Solo origin story has been ruled out for now? Share your thoughts in the comment section.